Nine-Years Ago (04-May-2008) — Colorado

In addition to Rocky Mountain National Park, I also liked to go to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. It is a longer drive from Boulder, especially when the pass across the National Park is closed due to snow. The 23,464-acre wildlife refuge was established to provide suitable nesting and rearing habitat for migratory birds. Spring is a great time to visit as the migrating birds arrive when the snow in the wetlands is melting. There were a lot of birds, some I could identify and others that I need to identify. There are also a lot of prairie dogs.

 

Horned Lark in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Horned Lark in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/1250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Prairie dog in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Prairie dog in the wetlands of the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Nine-Years Ago (03-May-2008) — Colorado

I spent the day at Rocky Mountain National Park. Early spring, and the upper elevations are still closed due to snow. There were a number of birds and mammals looking for food. I finally was able to identify one of the birds that I took a picture of that day as a Grey-headed Junco. I also spent some time using a 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens to do some landscape images.

 

Early springtime Gray-headed Junco in Rocky Mountain National Park.Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Early springtime Gray-headed Junco in Rocky Mountain National Park.Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Two-Years Ago (10-March-2015) — Patagonia

Early in the morning I went for a walkabout at Estancia Chiristina. I was rewarded by the sky being lit up at dawn. I am always amazed by the colors of the clouds at dawn and dusk in Patagonia. Later in the morning we went for a horse ride to the glacier. Here they required helmets when riding the horses (which was good). A few images of silhouettes with lenticular clouds, and one of a rainbow over the glacier.

Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

30-March-2013

Wide Angle Lens Options for Nikon 1 Cameras

One of the issues I have had with the Nikon 1 “mirrorless” cameras is the lack of wide-angle lens options. The widest angle available with the initial set of lenses was 10 mm f/2.8 prime. This has a 77° field of view (FOV) equivalent to a 27 mm lens on a full-frame (FX) DSLR camera. I like taking wide angle panorama landscape images when traveling. In order to do this with the Nikon 1 camera requires taking several images and then stitching them together during post-processing. Before going to Norway, I saw a note on the internet that the Olympus FCON-T01 Fisheye converter uses the same 40.5 mm thread that the Nikon 1 10 mm f/2.8 lens uses. The 0.74x adapter increases the FOV to something like 20 mm on a FX DSLR camera. I took this combo with me to Norway, and published an image of Greenland from 36,000 feet on Google+.
Since returning from Norway, Nikon released a new wide-angle telephoto lens for Nikon 1 cameras – the 6.7 – 13 mm f/3.5-5.6. At 6.7 mm this lens has a 100° FOV equivalent to a 18 mm lens on a FX DSLR camera. The following three images were taken with the Nikon 1 V2 camera 1) with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens; 2) with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens and the Olympus fisheye converter; and 3) with the 6.7-13 mm lens at 6.7 mm. The wide angle image with the 6.7 mm does not have the fisheye curvature effect. Indeed, when in Norway I found that when I used the Olympus lens I would need to keep the horizon right at the middle of the image. I think that I will be adding the 6.7-13 mm lens to my light-weight travel kit.
Note: Nikon changed the threading on the 6.7-13 mm lens to 52 mm, so I can’t use the Olympus adapter with this lens 😉

New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

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New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens + Olympus Fisheye adapter (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens + Olympus Fisheye adapter (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

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New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 6.7-13 mm  lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 20 sec). (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Early Spring Night Sky with Moon and Clouds. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 6.7-13 mm lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 20 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (05-November-2006) — New Jeresy

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey.

Moonlit night sky with the clouds rolling inFour images taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/2.8, 6 sec) as the clouds moved in.


Five-Years Ago (04-November-2007) — Colorado

Autumn Road Trip in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Panorama at Storm Pass Trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park (along the road to Bear Lake). Composite of 8 images taken with a Nikon D2xs and  28-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Image processed using DxO, AutoPano Giga, and Photoshop CS5.
  2. Steller’s Jay in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). Hand held, VR works! This was a new type of blue jay for me.
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)

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Five-Years Ago (03-November-2007) — Colorado

Autumn Road Trip in Colorado: Great Sand Dune National Park

I drove from Boulder to southwestern Colorado to visit Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. It was late in the season and very dry, so not many birds remained. I then traveled to Great Sand Dunes National Park. The sky was clear and blue. I took some panorama images of the sand dunes and the dry Medano creek bed. Most of the other folks visiting the the park that day were there to climb and slide down the large sand dunes. I need to revisit both locations in the spring to see the migrating birds at the wildlife refuge, and  to see Medano creek with water flowing.

  1. Great Sand Dunes Panorama taken from the Visitor Center. Composite of 7 images taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). Processed using DxO, AutoPano Giga, Photoshop CS5. 2.
  2. Walking to the dunes with sleds. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 200-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).
  3. Walking to the dunes with sleds. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 200-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec).
  4. Panorama of the dry Medano creek bed, sand dunes, and Crestone peaks. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/11, 1/40 sec). Processed using DxO, AutoPano Giga, Photoshop CS5.
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Colorado Fall Nature; Grand Sand Dunes NP; Alamosa NWP (David J Mathre)
Medano Creek Panorama, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. (David J Mathre)
Medano Creek Panorama, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. (David J Mathre)

26-August-2007

Reflections at Lilly Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

When ever possible, I stop at Lilly Lake. It is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, but outside the paid access part of the park along Colorado Highway 7. There is a mother duck and eight ducklings sleeping in the shadows on the far side of the lake in the first panorama image. I have also included a closer view of the ducks through a telephoto lens.

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Summer Morning Reflections at Lilly Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lilly Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Mother Duck and Eight Ducklings Resting in the Middle of Lilly Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J. Mathre)
Mother Duck and Eight Ducklings Resting in the Middle of Lilly Lake. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J. Mathre)

26-July-2008

Summer Panorama — Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

This is a composite of 3 images taken while visiting Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. The air was clear in northern Colorado, and the sky very blue.

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Summer Panorama Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Panorama Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)